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Links for 2018-04-29

repealfacts and FAQs.pdf Louise Kenny, Consultant Obstetrician and Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, systematically demolishes anti-choice propaganda points with solid scientific facts (tags: repeal repealthe8th science biology medicine pregnancy abortion pro-choice ireland miscarriage)

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Links for 2018-04-26

twitter thread on incel culture, the “manosphere” and the rest of that toxic garbage For the past little while, I’ve been working on a piece about Toronto’s relationship to the alt-right, especially the “manosphere.” Unfortunately that research has become relevant. I’m going to share as much as I can here for people who may not […]

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Links for 2018-04-24

Parallelizing S3 Workloads with s5cmd nice parallel download/upload tool for S3, developed by Peak Games, open source, in Go (tags: golang go s5cmd open-source tools cli s3 aws) The Australian Bureau of Statistics Tracked People By Their Mobile Device Data. The ABS claims population estimates have a “major data gap” and so they’ve been a […]

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Links for 2018-04-23

Use the GDPR to find who has advertised to you on Facebook, and get them to delete your details Sometimes you get ads on Facebook and you are just not interested in what they’re selling. This is a way to find out who has uploaded your email address into facebook to target ads at you, […]

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Links for 2018-04-20

Palantir Knows Everything About You This is so fucking dystopian: Operation Laser has made L.A. cops more surgical — and, according to community activists, unrelenting. Once targets are enmeshed in a [Palantir] spidergram, they’re stuck. Manuel Rios, 22, lives in the back of his grandmother’s house at the top of a hill in East L.A., […]

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Links for 2018-04-19

_Building a Bw-Tree Takes More Than Just Buzz Words_, SIGMOD 2018 ‘An account of our disappointing journey to build a open-source lock-free Bw-Tree for the Peloton DBMS.’ ‘In 2013, Microsoft Research proposed the Bw-Tree (humorously termed the “Buzz Word Tree”), a lock-free index that provides high throughput for transactional database workloads in SQL Server’s Hekaton […]

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Links for 2018-04-18

Securing wireless neurostimulators The latest generation of such devices come with remote monitoring and reprogramming capabilities, via an external device programmer. The manufacturers seem to have relied on security through obscurity (when will we ever learn!) with the very predictable result that the interface turns out not be secure at all. So we end up […]

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Links for 2018-04-17

Best Practices for DynamoDB Amazon have updated this architectural tips doc for DynamoDB users — good reference (tags: dynamodb nosql aws storage databases design coding) “Tweeps! What’s the craziest infra incident you worked on at Twitter” great thread of Twitter outages and production incidents. I would love to hear more details about these, I love […]

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Links for 2018-04-14

How to report graphic abortion imagery to the gardai under Irish law I tried to report ICBR graphic abortion imagery to the Gardai today and met a lot of resistance. The following thread gives an account of what happened and how someone can effectively report this imagery. 1/x At 2pm on Friday the 13th of […]

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Links for 2018-04-12

A Taxonomy of Tech Debt | Riot Games Engineering Very sensible way to group/classify tech debt work — we did something similar in Swrve internally at one point, but this is much more evolved (tags: engineering software coding) Dodgy history of the firm behind “coal power plant reopening to mine blockchain” Here’s the breathless CNet […]

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Links for 2018-04-11

Uses This / Leonard Lin lhl describes the stuff he uses, day to day. Lots of travel gear, drones, Linux and a surprising lack of Macs (tags: travel shopping hardware gear uses-this lhl drones vr linux vive chromebook tips) #Repealthe8th | Are the Irish Media Up To The Job? For years we were subject to speculation […]

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Links for 2018-04-10

Gravis McElroy on Twitter: “The thing that really kills me about the silicon valley hypercapitalist hell spiral….” Epic shouty thread about modern Silicon Valley software products. We know that no company, regardless of size, can be trusted with this information. We KNOW it will not stay private, our photos of our partners genitals and tax […]

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Links for 2018-04-09

If iPads were meant for kids A long list of the misfeatures that IOS/Android devices have regarding child use. 100% agreed with this (tags: ios ipad iphone parenting devices kids android youtube) A Closer Look at Experian Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Durham Police ‘UK police bought profiling data for their artificial intelligence (AI) […]

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Links for 2018-04-07

Meet the people who’ve transformed Dublin’s streets into a colourful city-wide gallery – Independent.ie great article about the Dublin Canvas project — great success (tags: dublin painting street-art art)

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Links for 2018-04-06

plugin EVs outsell ICE-driven cars in Norway 56% of cars registered in March 2018 in Norway were plugin EVs rather than fossil-fuel burning ICE vehicles, with Nissan Leafs well in first place (tags: evs pevs nissan cars driving norway green ev) Another reason why your Docker containers may be slow TL;DR: fadvise() is a bottleneck […]

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Links for 2018-04-04

Online mattress-in-a-box brands: Why are there so many? – Curbed “People ask me what it takes to get into this space,” said Bryan Murphy, founder and president of Tomorrow Sleep. “If you have a [Google] AdWords account [to buy digital ads] and you know a subcontractor, you can sell a mattress online.” (tags: mattresses business […]

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Links for 2018-03-30

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin – The Register “As a result of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, a holder of a domain name does no longer fulfil the general eligibility criteria… the Registry for .eu will be entitled to revoke such domain name on its own initiative and without […]

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Links for 2018-03-28

Timeline behind the #CopOnComrades controversy A very exhaustive timeline of the online defence of feminism against a few left-wing men in Ireland, courtesy of Andrew Flood. (tags: coponcomrades left-wing politics ireland twitter facebook irish-times) How Good Is Spotify’s Audio Quality? · Baron Schwartz’s Website Various streaming services (Spotify) use lossy formats (Ogg Vorbis); various audio-casting […]

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Links for 2018-03-27

Amazon DynamoDB Adds Support for Continuous Backups and Point-In-Time Recovery (PITR) excellent! This is a much-needed feature (tags: dynamodb storage databases aws ops architecture recovery) Colm MacCárthaigh on TLS 1.3 and the risks of 0-RTT here’s my advice: if you see a server supporting 0-RTT and that server doesn’t give you an iron-clad guarantee that […]

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Links for 2018-03-24

What’s in your migraine kit? Good post on workarounds/pain relief/migraine-abortive treatments from the /r/migraine subreddit. Some of the things I’ve found helpful (ice-cold Coke, headache stick, and of course triptans), and I few I haven’t tried yet, so may give them a try. God damn migraines :( (tags: migraine headaches medicine health pain reddit tips)

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Links for 2018-03-23

Brad Templeton’s commentary on the Uber robocar killing a pedestrian At this point, it does seem as though a wrongful death lawsuit might emerge from the family of the victim. The fame for the lawyer will cause pro bono representation to appear, and the deep pockets of Uber will certainly be attractive. I recommend Uber […]

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Links for 2018-03-22

Arena Film by Páraic McGloughlin A brief look at the earth from above, based on the shapes we make, the game of life, our playing ground – Arena. Created using Google Earth imagery. Pearse McGloughlin and I collaborated on the audio resulting in something between music and a soundtrack. Audio mastered by TJ LippleHear

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Links for 2018-03-21

awslabs/awscli-aliases The AWS CLI tool supports aliases, a la git, so you can do things like “aws whoami” aliased to “aws sts get-caller-identity”. The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal ‘Part of the NSA’s Bitcoin access, codenamed MONKEYROCKET, involved essentially tricking targets into using privacy software (a VPN app?) that was […]

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Links for 2018-03-20

SXSW 2018: A Look Back at the 1960s PLATO Computing System – IEEE Spectrum Author Brian Dear on how these terminals were designed for coursework, but students preferred to chat and play games […] “Out of the top 10 programs on PLATO running any day, most were games,” Dear says. “They used more CPU time […]

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Links for 2018-03-19

Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Like Golang When I first started programming in Go, my summary of it was, “The good things are great and the bad things are weird and I can live with them.” After another three years and a few large projects in Go, I no longer like the language and wouldn’t […]

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Links for 2018-03-16

Cameras as Traffic Cops – Hacker Noon Guy trains model on NYC traffic camera video to detect blocked bike lanes and bus stops. Estimates “the number of tickets being given represents less than .0001% of infractions”. (via lemonodor) (tags: via:lemonodor future tickets traffic nyc cameras surveillance bike-lanes bus-stops traffic-law) Ken Foxe’s Beginner’s Guide to FOI […]

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Links for 2018-03-15

Who Targets Me Microtargeting. Misinformation. Psychographic profiling. Install Who Targets Me [a Chrome plugin] to find out who’s trying to win your vote – and how they’re doing it. (tags: ads advertising chrome extensions microtargeting politics facebook)

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Links for 2018-03-14

Interesting Twitter thread on email UI design, vs Slack “When redesigning Outlook, we found two basic groups of users: pilers and filers. Pilers kept a single, ever-expanding list of mail in their Inbox and then worked it down to “inbox zero.” Filers wrote rules or manually filed mail into folders, creating an organizational system. Filers […]

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Links for 2018-03-13

7% of Scott Kelly’s Genes Changed After a Year in Space – Universe Today The study took into account possible genomic and cognitive changes between the two [twin] brothers. These findings were recently clarified by NASA, which indicated that 93% of Scott Kelly’s genes returned to normal after he returned to Earth while the remaining […]

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Links for 2018-03-12

Charging the LEAF | Speak EV – Electric Car Forums Excellent reference on charge times and connection types for the Nissan Leaf EV (tags: nissan leaf ev cars charging nissan-leaf)

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Links for 2018-03-11

YouTube, the Great Radicalizer – The New York Times It seems as if you are never “hard core” enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. It promotes, recommends and disseminates videos in a manner that appears to constantly up the stakes. Given its billion or so users, YouTube may be one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments […]

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Links for 2018-03-09

BAD TRAFFIC: Sandvine’s PacketLogic Devices Used to Deploy Government Spyware in Turkey and Redirect Egyptian Users to Affiliate Ads? This report describes our investigation into the apparent use of Sandvine/Procera Networks Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) devices to deliver nation-state malware in Turkey and indirectly into Syria, and to covertly raise money through affiliate ads and […]

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Links for 2018-03-08

The Myth of Authenticity Is Killing Tex-Mex Overshadowed by barbecue in its home state, Tex-Mex is the most important, least understood regional cuisine in America I, for one, welcome the revival of Tex-Mex (tags: cuisine food tex-mex mexican texas barbecue)

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Links for 2018-03-07

The Great Igloos of Storm Emma – YouTube in a once-in-a-lifetime snowstorm, it appears the young Irish male’s mind turns to (checks notes) building an igloo and having a party in it (tags: igloos funny ireland storm-emma snow wtf humans-of-the-sesh)

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Links for 2018-03-04

Git, complicated? Of course not! Commits map to isomorphic contours in source-code phase space The inspiration for the classic tweet. it’s simplest to think of the state of your repository as a point in a high-dimensional ‘code-space’,  in which branches are represented as n-dimensional membranes, mapping the spatial loci of successive commits onto the projected […]

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Links for 2018-03-02

From toilets to barbershops, Ireland has become visionaries in the igloo business overnight | JOE.ie Igloos and bread are having a bit of a moment during Storm Emma (tags: storms storm-emma funny igloos ireland) how to deal with obnoxious political ads on Facebook tl;dr: hide or report the ads. Both will drive up the cost […]

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Links for 2018-03-01

Yes, bacon really is killing us – The Guardian Long Read Nooooo! Since we eat with our eyes, the main way we judge the quality of cured meats is pinkness. Yet it is this very colour that we should be suspicious of, as the French journalist Guillaume Coudray explains in a book published in France […]

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Links for 2018-02-28

30 kWh Leaf Nissan Connect Issues seems there’s some kind of firmware/importation issue with the Nissan Leaf app integration…. bit of a mess (tags: nissan-leaf nissan leaf apps mobile cars driving) Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology – The Verge Predictive policing technology has proven highly controversial wherever […]

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Links for 2018-02-22

The Codex – I Do Not Like Go Some gripes about Go from this blog, specifically around developer ergonomics (syntax highlighting and language-inherent error detection), politics, packaging and distribution, GOPATH, and the tuple-oriented error handling idiom. As R. I. Pienaar noted, the Go community seems full of “at-Google-wes”, which is an excellent way of putting […]

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Links for 2018-02-19

Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance – The Verge What happens when governments can track huge numbers of people using CCTV? When police can digitally tail you around a city just by uploading your mugshot into a database? Or, indeed, when CCTV combined with AI and big data is routinely tracking everybody all the […]

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